Broadland Conservatives have confirmed that they are fielding a candidate, Tony Adams, who said this week that Theresa May is the “worst ever Conservative Prime Minister”.
Standing for local elections, Adams added about the Prime Minister and Brexit:
“I think they’ve made a right hash of it, she said she was going to take us out on March 29 and she has not done it. It’s amazing how her popularity has plummeted, I’m not surprised. She’s absolutely lost it”.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today met with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, in Berlin to discuss a possible delay to Article 50. A one-year extension to Article 50 is currently being looked as the most likely outcome, although it is thought that numerous countries have opposed such a delay. The extension will also mean that elections to the European Parliament may need to be fought in the UK.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this afternoon for a working lunch.
Ahead of EU Council tomorrow, the leaders discussed the UK’s request for an extension of Article 50 to June 30th with the option to bring this forward if a deal is ratified earlier.
The Prime Minister outlined the steps the government is taking to bring the Brexit process to a successful conclusion, and updated Chancellor Merkel on the ongoing discussions with the Opposition.
The leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring Britain’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
The leaders also discussed the ongoing situations in Yemen and Libya.”
MPs in the House of Commons today have voted with a majority of just one in favour of an extension to Brexit. The bill, which is still subject to Lords approval, was put forwards by Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Normanton, although it will also require the support of the European Commission.
The decision of the Commons will now mean that if Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is unable to secure agreement in the House next week for her Brexit deal then Parliament will require her to seek a longer extension to Article 50.
Nick Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford, has resigned the Conservative whip following the failure of the Government to support any of the Brexit options suggested by MPs. Boles had proposed the Common Market 2.0 option in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, but MPs voted against his plan.
Boles posted his decision on Twitter:
“I am resigning the Conservative whip with immediate effect. The Conservative Party has shown itself to be incapable of compromise so I will sit as an Independent Progressive Conservative.”
MPs have today rejected the Government’s proposed Brexit deal for the third time, by a majority of 58. 34 Conservative MPs voted against the Government and only 5 Labour MPs voted in support of it, meaning that the country’s Brexit strategy is now unclear.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said:
“The implications of the House’s decision are grave. The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12 April.In just 14 days’ time. This is not enough time to agree, legislate for and ratify a deal, and yet the House has been clear it will not permit leaving without a deal.”
Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, has attacked the Government in which he serves for failing to honour the referendum result. Fox said voters would be “betrayed” if Theresa May, the Prime Minister, fails to get the Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons.
The Government unexpectedly scrapped the proposed date of leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019, with no confirmation on when the new departure date would be.
Fox, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, said:
“A lot of people voted in the referendum who had not voted in general elections or other elections in recent years and felt that this was one time when their vote genuinely would count because we were outside the constituency system. I think that those people will feel very betrayed if we don’t deliver it.”
Keir Starmer, the Shadow Secretary of State for Departing the European Union, said that Labour wouldn’t be backing the withdrawal programme, adding on the same radio programme:
“We’ve always said the problem with the deal is it’s blind, it’s so thin. Take the political declaration off and it’s completely blind. You’ve no idea what you’re really voting for. Taking the political declaration off makes a bad situation worse. It’s the blindest of blind Brexits. Now the prime minister has said she is going to be stepping down, so the political declaration, the future relationship, is going to be determined in a Tory leadership exercise, because even if this prime minister gave us assurances about what she’s going to do in the future, they don’t mean anything any more.”
MPs have rejected all the Brexit options during an indicative vote which took place in the House of Commons. The nearest option to securing support amongst MPs was the customs union plan put forwards by Ken Clarke, the Conservative MP for Rushcliffe.
The results were:
Confirmatory Referendum – For: 268 Against: 295
Customs Union – For: 264 Against: 272
Labour’s Brexit Plan – For: 237 Against: 307
Common Market Version 2.0 – For: 188 Against: 283
Revoking Article 50 to Avoid No Deal – For: 184 Against: 293
No-deal Exit on 12 April – For: 160 Against: 400
Malthouse Plan B – For: 139 Against: 422
EFTA and EEA Membership – For: 65 Against: 377
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has confirmed today that she was resign before the next stage of Brexit negotiations if the Government’s proposed deal is passed in the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister said in a meeting of Conservative MPs:
“I know some people are worried that if you vote for the withdrawal agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t; I hear what you are saying. But we need to get the deal through and deliver Brexit. I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.”
Jo Stevens, the Labour MP for Cardiff Central, posted on Twitter:
“The ultimate bribe from the PM to her MPs to save the Tory Party. This has nothing to do with the national interest, with the lives, prosperity and future of the people we represent.”
Also on Twitter, Anna Soubry, the Conservative MP for Broxtowe, posted:
“So hard Brexiteers will vote for the PMs “deal” not because it’s good for our country and the right thing to do – not even because it delivers Brexit but because it gets rid of the PM #Shameful”
The Prime Minister is yet to confirm a planned date for her departure, and the Speaker of the House of Commons is also yet to confirm whether a third vote on the deal will be permissible.
MPs are voting today in a series of votes on their preferred option for Brexit, although the Prime Minister has said that she may not honour the wishes of the House of Commons. A number of Conservative MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, have also indicated that they have u-turned and will now support the Prime Minister’s preferred deal with the European Union.
The options MPs will vote on have yet to be confirmed by John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and it is unclear whether the Conservative and Labour leaders will whip their MPs on how they should vote. The voting will unusually be done by filling in paper votes rather than walking through the lobbies, with the results expected to be announced by late evening.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has confirmed that there will be a delay to Brexit in what Downing Street has conceded is a “crisis”. The Prime Minister confirmed that it is now too late to leave the European Union with a deal and she will write to the EU to ask for an extension.
The Prime Minister has refused to reveal the date that she is intending to ask for an extension for, but the BBC have said that sources are suggesting that the date will be 30 June 2019, but with the option of a much longer extension as well.